Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Dorothy Smoker
Email jsmoker@att.net
Phone 505/989-4732
Address 21 Kwahe Ridge Rd.
Santa Fe, NM  87506
US
Biographical Info Dorothy Thompson Smoker is a retired educator. Her life-long interest in Southwest history and community theater have brought historical women back to life.
Program Title LAND OF LUZ: Maria de la Luz Beaubien Maxwell
Character Name Maria de la Luz Beaubien Maxwell
 
Program Description Luz Maxwell (1829-1900), tells her story from childhood in Taos to settling the Beaubien- Miranda Grant with her husband Lucien Maxwell. Her life is touched by Padre Martinez, Gov. Manuel Armijo, Kit Carson, Charles Fremont, the Bents, Gen. S.W. Kearny and others. She relates experiences during the Taos Rebellion, the Santa Fe Trail, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Indian attacks, the gold rush and land disputes.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Program Title A UNIQUE DISCOVERY BY AN UNLIKELY COWBOY: The Remarkable Life of George McJunkin
 
Program Description History has a way of allowing elements to come together to reveal stories long silent: slavery, cowboy culture, ten thousand year old stone tools with extinct bison bones, and a disastrous flood. This is the story of the black cowboy, former slave, George McJunkin whose observations and inquisitive mind knew his discovery of "the bone pit" was something significant. His life is a dramatic example of self-education and accomplishment. It is even more amazing that he did this during the troubled post-Civil War period and became a respected member of a white community. Today, his name is permanently linked to one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th Century in North America.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
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